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Propionibacterium Acnes
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Description of Propionibacterium Acnes
Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) is among the most
prevalent pathogens on a person’s skin, especially in the
face regions (Mollerup et al., 2016).
It exists in majority in the skin follicles.

P. acnes is leads to various medical illnesses, such as acne
vulgaris and causes postoperative infections.
The pathogen can contaminate surgical wounds and
human clinical samples.

Figure 1: Propionibacterium Acnes (Montero-Julian, 2021).

Prevalence of Propionibacterium Acnes
P. acnes is associated with acne, which is the leading
dermatologic illness across the globe.
In the global population, P. acnes approximately affects
about 9.4% (Kenny, 2018).

Acne can affect any individual regardless of age and it is
most prevalent in postpubescent teenagers.
The pathogen affects men more severely and frequently
that women.

Symptoms of Propionibacterium Acnes
 The symptoms of acne vary
based on the seriousness of the
 Some of these symptoms
 Open and plugged pores
(Kenny, 2018).
 Painful cystic lesions.
 Solid lumps beneath the skin.

 Small, red papules.
 Swelling.
Figure 2: Pores on the skin (Linday,

Causes of Propionibacterium Acnes
P. acnes is commonly caused by an airless environment,
that turns the bacteria into fatty acids found in the skin.
Other causes include:
Excess oil production.
Abnormally shedding hair follicles (Kenny, 2018).
Excess activity of hormones, such as testosterone.
Genetics and age.
Friction against the skin.

Prevention of Propionibacterium Acnes
It can be challenging to prevent P. acnes, but, some of the
strategies to keep it to a minimum include:
Using noncomedogenic products such as moisturizers and
cleansers, among others (Kenny, 2018).

Regularly washing the face with water and soap, especially
after sweating.
Keeping hands away from the face because every time a
person touches their face, they transfer more dirt and oil to
the skin.
Avoiding squeezing and popping pimples.

Treatment of Propionibacterium Acnes

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